International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
Bensouda Could Come Back During Elections
International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief prosecutorFatou Bensouda has warned Kenya that she might soon be coming back.
Speaking after the collapse of Kenyan cases at the Hague, Ms Bensouda stated that the court was closely monitoring the country and would not hesitate to pounce if “ICC crimes” were committed in the build up or after the 2017 elections.
“I am not praying for bad things to happen, but if ICC crimes are committed, and Kenya does not attempt to try those cases, the court will do its duty and discharge its obligation under the Rome Statute,” Ms Bensouda was quoted by the Daily Nation.
The Chief Prosecutor said “bad experience in Kenya” would not deter the court from pursuing new cases of crimes against humanity.
According to her, interference with crucial witnesses contributed to the fall of the cases and in the near future, the court would seek different ways of doing things.
She further stated that the ICC was looking for alternative means to collect evidence apart from relying on witnesses.
Ms Bensouda’s sentiments come amid rising political tension in the country with the Opposition demanding the removal of electoral commissioners.
Kenya burnt in flames after the disputed 2007 elections with 1,133 people losing lives while 500,000 were displaced.